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Transitions Abroad Magazine July/August 2006 Vol. XXX, NO.1

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Transitions Abroad Magazine at 30

Thirty Years On
Transitions Abroad founder offers his perspective on how travel and travelers have changed over the past three decades.
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs


How to Visit Burma (and Why)
Travel to Burma is an even more heated topic than usual with the recently extended house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy party. Her message that tourists should not visit the country remains strong, but travelers like Canadian journalist Shaughn McArthur see a different side of the story. After two visits, he’s convinced the good of traveling to Burma outweighs the bad.

Special Guide
Overseas Travel Planner

Considering a trip abroad? Don’t miss Transitions Abroad’s annual Best Resources section.
You’ll find indispensable information on the best programs, organizations, publications, websites, and much more:

  ► Family Travel

Family-Friendly Schools in Latin America by Robin-Malinosky-Rummell
Europe's Playgrounds by Kelly Curtis

  ► Women’s Travel

Train Travel in India by Jessica Tuerk

  ► Senior Travel

Teach Abroad at Any Age by Candace Dean

  ► Disability Travel

Dyslexia? No Problem by Brennan Rhodes
Rules of the Accessible Road by Candy B. Harrington

  ► Best of the Web 2006 by Gregory Hubbs


The Resourceful Traveler
Reservations About Reservations Tim Leffel

Local Encounter
Sights for the Soul in India by Michele Peterson

Back Door Travel
Europe on a Roll...or a Slow Stroll Rick Steves

Living Abroad in France
Joie de Vivre Terri Link

International Career Advisor
Love Affairs and the Trailing Spouse Jean-Marc Hachey

Immersion Travel Worldwide
Follow the Dollar Larry Grupp
Experience the Lifestyle of Mongolian Nomads Roisin Sweeny
Improve Spanish While Kayaking in Chile Ann Beman
Behind the Scenes in Curacao Carla Waldemar
Explore Alderney Sally Nex
Seaside Camping in Europe Carol Mickelsen
Bahia de Los Angeles Lisel Doreste-Hamilton
Learn the Art of Thai Massage Cheryn Flanagan
Language Learning in Italy Steve Soper and Susan VandenBerg
Volunteer in Tuscany Roy A. Barnes

Living and Working Abroad
House-sitting Abroad Maggie Pinder
The Good Life in Liguria’s Cinque Terre E.J. Baumeister Jr
Jobs in Vietnam Richard Pierce
Become a Professional Diver Brittney Bush
Working in Switzerland Sarah Muxlow-Jacquet
Ship a Car to France Donna Dugay
Move to Berlin Elke Duerr
Teaching English in Chile Emily Tell
Tips on Interning in Germany Johanna Lee


Information Exchange


Abroad at Home
The Magic of a Letter Leah M. Cano

Jen Leo's Rising Thong Jessica P. Hayden

First Person
Sharing Chocolate with Maoists

Travel Tips
To Bribe or Not to Bribe Pamela Thorne
How to Avoid Pickpockets in Paris Valerie Broadwell

The Teacher's Job Jennifer M. Eisenlau

From The Editor

How will we represent ourselves to the far corners of the world, to those who may never have the privilege to travel?

Renowned travel writer Pico Iyer asked this question at the 2006 Educational Travel Conference, where Transitions Abroad,, and Indigenous Tourism Rights International helped organize a responsible travel forum. This seems a worthy question to consider as Transitions Abroad turns 30 and looks to its future.

For a magazine that has been credited with fostering the budget and backpacking paradigm shift of the 1980s and ‘90s and popularizing the travel-to-learn concept, you may wonder where Transitions Abroad will go next.

Fortunately the path forward is clear thanks to you, our readers, many of whom are also Transitions Abroad writers. You have led the way in making mainstream what was dubbed “alternative” travel in the early days of Transitions Abroad. You’ve affirmed Transitions Abroad founder Clay Hubbs’s vision that educational, informed, and responsible travel matters to you and that immersion in a foreign language and culture is a catalyst for change, as the title “transitions” was intended to suggest (see Clay’s article, “Thirty Years On.”).

We see you increasingly taking trips that not only are educational but also help preserve, protect, and improve the conditions of the people and environment of your destination. We are proud to say that, in this time when you are most needed, Transitions travelers are world citizens at home and goodwill ambassadors abroad.

That you are making the world a better place when you study, travel, work, volunteer overseas, or vacation with the people of your host country is the best testimonial Transitions Abroad could ask for after 30 years of publishing.

Exciting changes are afoot for Transitions Abroad as you will see this fall when all the opportunities for education abroad will be gathered into two special bonus issues for subscribers. It’s a fitting transition for the “Year of Study Abroad,” as we work to provide high school students, college students, recent graduates and their respective academic institutions with more of the practical information they need for study opportunities, grants and fellowships, work, volunteering, and interning abroad, as well as pedagogical topics.

You will see further changes reflected in this issue’s redesign. We’ve included more color, more photos, and a few surprises to inspire you along the way — although we’ve got enough history behind us to know it’s not a glossy style but rather the strong vision of our writers that has given Transitions Abroad longevity.

As Transitions Abroad enters its 30th year, we hope you will celebrate this milestone with us! Take advantage of our anniversary subscription special and share our magazine with your friends and family (see the back inside cover). I also encourage you to call or email me with your feedback and inspired ideas. There’s never been a more critical time for Transitions Abroad, and we would value your help in making our magazine even more relevant to you in the years ahead.

Sherry Schwarz

Transitions Abroad

Publisher and Editor
Sherry Schwarz
Founding Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs
Web Content Editor
Gregory Hubbs
Nashima Gokani
Advertising Manager
Kate McGrail
Office Manager
Patricia Bolognani
Editorial Assistant
Jessica Hayden
Victoria Churchill

Contributing Editors

William Nolting (International Education and Work)
Susan Griffith (Work Abroad )
Jean-Marc Hachey (International Careers )
Zahara Heckscher (Volunteering Abroad)
Volker Poelzl (Living Abroad)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Rob Sangster (Independent Travel)
Ron Mader (Ecotourism and Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Responsible Travel )
Alison Gardner (Senior Travel)
Edward Trimnell (Language Immersion)
David Clemmons (Voluntourism)
J. Mara DelliPriscoli (Lifelong Learning)
Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson (Gap Year)
Cynthia Harriman (Family Travel)
Bill Mohan (Teen Travel)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)
Michele Scheib (Disability Travel)

On The Cover
“Balance”, Moulemein, Burma. Photo by Robert Power.

Robert Power is a photographer and designer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally from Canada, Robert moved to Thailand a few years ago to satisfy his travel photography urges and has since opened a design studio.

Mission Statement
Transitions Abroad is the only publication dedicated to work, study, living, and immersion travel abroad. Its purpose is the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community.

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